Wednesday 23 October 2019

Power recharged for PGA Tour bid

Ireland's Seamus Power. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
Ireland's Seamus Power. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Brian Keogh

Seamus Power is hoping his Irish Open return will prove a tonic as he bids to finish the PGA Tour season on a high and keep his card.

After slipping to 129th in the FedExCup standings while he was in Lahinch, the West Waterford man (32) needs to earn around $80,000 from his last four starts to make the crucial top-125 and he sees this week's John Deere Classic as a golden opportunity.

"You always have to try and play with confidence," Power said. "I've got four tournaments left so if I go and play well next week, I take care of it very quickly."

After their heroics in Lahinch, Cormac Sharvin and Robin Dawson are back in action on Challenge Tour with Paul McBride, Michael Hoey and Ruaidhri McGee in the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge.

Meanwhile, Ireland will face World champions Denmark in the quarter-finals of the European Amateur Team Championship in Sweden after topping the qualifiers at Ljunghusen by three strokes from England on 19-under par.

Portmarnock's Conor Purcell was second in qualifying on nine-under after a 68 with Dundalk's Caolan Rafferty fourth as Ireland bid for their first European title since 2008

The Boys team also made the quarter-finals at Golf de Chantilly, qualifying in sixth place to set up a clash with England while the women's team take on leading qualifiers Italy after finishing eighth in qualifying at Is Molas in Sardinia.

But there was no luck for the Girls' team at El Saler where they finished 11th and now face Norway in the battle for ninth in Flight B.

At home, leading qualifier Robert Brazill cruised into the last-16 of the North of Ireland Championship at Portstewart, edging Woodbrook's Tom Dowdall at the 20th before easing to a 6&5 win over Galway's Liam Power.

The Naas international faces Enniscrone's Ryan O'Doherty for a place in the quarter-finals while Douglas' Peter O'Keeffe knocked out holder Ian Lynch from Rosslare and now takes on Tandragee's Jake Rowe.

Warrenpoint international Colm Campbell also progressed to meet Lisburn's Josh Black with Portmarnock's Geoff Lenehan looking strong in the bottom quarter after two wins on the 16th.

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